Saturday 31 October, 2020

Work being carried out on Miss Lassie’s Home

Mind's Eye: Miss Lassie house undergoing maintenance.

Mind's Eye: Miss Lassie house undergoing maintenance.

Mind’s Eye, the historic home of Caymanian visionary artist Gladwyn ‘Miss Lassie’ Bush, is currently undergoing maintenance, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) has advised.

Specifically, the wooden windows and doors of the main house have been temporarily removed for re-colouring and are expected to be back in place later this month where they will once again showcase the brilliance of Miss Lassie’s work, or ‘markings’, as she called them. 

Miss Lassie’s House is an authentic turn of the century Caymanian wattle and daub structure located at the intersection of Walkers and South Sound Roads. Her father and grandfather built the house, starting in 1878.

During the artist’s lifetime, her ‘markings’ on the wooden windows would fade and she would often touch them up or repaint them.

When CNCF took possession of the property a few years after Miss Lassie’s death (1914-2003), the original windows were stored away for conservation and safekeeping, but the foundation had Miss Lassie’s creations on the windows and doors reproduced by local artist Sue Howe in 2013.

Ms Howe has again been commissioned and is in the process of recolouring those reproductions.

“It is a great honour to once again be working on Miss Lassie’s historical house,” said Ms Howe. “I’m very excited to able to revisit the original pieces with new eyes and stay as close to her work style and subtle colour variation as possible, and to capture still more depth of colour and detail of the shaping of her markings. I want to bring these replicas a further richness and detail, and just really celebrate how much complexity even the most seemingly simplest of designs holds.”

For more information about Mind’s Eye – Miss Lassie’s House, visit https://www.artscayman.org/minds-eye/, email cncf@artscayman.org or call 949.5477.

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